Commission Workshops

Commission staff works with organizations to provide free workshops to educate staff and community members about their rights and obligations under the law.  Take a look at the workshops we offer below. For more information, feel free to contact your local Community Service Center or dial 311 or (212) 416-0197.

To request a workshop for your organization, please fill out our Workshop Request Form.

Human Rights Law Overview

This workshop emphasizes the rights and obligations under the law in employment, housing, public accommodations, and prohibitions against discriminatory harassment and bias-based profiling by law enforcement.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

This workshop explains the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act, sexual harassment as gender-based discrimination, the process of filing a sexual harassment case with the Commission; sexual harassment legal theories, such as hostile work environment; what to do as an employer, employee and/or bystander and case scenarios for group discussion.

Human Rights Law and Protections in Employment: The Fair Chance Act and Credit History Discrimination

The workshop provides a detailed review on the prohibitions contained in the law regarding the use of credit reports and criminal or conviction records in making employment decisions by employers, labor organizations and employment agencies. Exemptions under the law are also covered.

Working with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Communities

This workshop creates awareness that transgender New Yorkers face discrimination in all areas covered by the City Human Rights Law and that they must be treated with dignity and respect. The workshop covers protections under the City Human Rights Law, briefly addresses federal and state law and reviews in detail correct terminology when addressing the LBGTQI community.

Human Rights Law and Discrimination in Housing

This workshop provides information about protected classes in housing, emphasizing protections against discrimination based on lawful source of income and disabilities. It also covers unlawful, discriminatory lending practices and how the human rights law can protect against tenant harassment.

Rights of People with Disabilities in Housing and Public Accommodations

This workshop offers a brief introduction of the law and addresses in detail protections for persons with disabilities; terms and definitions, such as reasonable accommodations and undue hardship; and, accessibility issues.

Understanding Muslim Experiences and Combating Islamophobia

This workshop promotes understanding of the City’s diverse faith communities. The workshop addresses what is referred to as anti-Muslim racism, introduces Muslim beliefs and practices, outlines best practices in working with Muslim New Yorkers, and elaborates on the protections under the City Human Rights Law against discrimination based on religion.

Human Rights Law and Protections Against Discrimination Based on Race and Color

This program series provides a historical context for race and color-based discrimination and how it has impacted the lives of New Yorkers, institutions, and the delivery of services and resources in New York City. The three session program educates students on their rights and protections against discrimination under the Human Rights Law. Students analyze concepts related to race and color, learn about efforts and resistance to combat racism, and find ways to become the voices for social and racial justice.

Youth-Focused Workshops

Peer Mediation

This program consists of 10 sessions that help schools de-escalate tension between students, as well as empower students to develop their leadership skills, understand the nature of conflict and design their own solutions to conflict in a constructive and peaceful manner.  Students develop communication skills, and work with school coordinators and teachers to resolve and mediate conflict among their classmates. The participants also learn to enforce a code of conduct to encourage respect and confidentiality during the mediation process. Students interested in participating in the program go through an interview and selection process.

We Speak: Young Women Rising

This program is tailored for students of all genders to builds self-esteem, amplify young women’s voices, and address issues of gender equity. The program’s five sessions cover human rights issues, women in history, gender diversity, and empowering young women in education and employment.

Be Loud, Be Proud

Gender, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation

This program is a three part series for youth to create a space for dialogue and action amongst Gender and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) students in schools regarding discrimination, harassment, and bullying as experienced by LGBTQI youth. Students discuss their experiences with discrimination through the lens of gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. It also provides youth with information and resources to support safer and welcoming school learning environments and using the Commission as a resource.

No Hate, No Fear

Understanding Muslim Experiences and Combating Anti-Muslim Bias

This program promotes understanding of the City’s diverse faith communities. The workshop addresses what is referred to as anti-Muslim racism, introduces Muslim beliefs and practices, outlines best practices in working with Muslim New Yorkers, and elaborates on the protections under the City Human Rights Law against discrimination based on religion.

Human Rights Law 101

This program emphasizes the rights and obligations under the law in employment, housing, public accommodations, and prohibitions against discriminatory harassment and bias-based profiling by law enforcement.

Resisting Oppression and Racism (R.O.A.R)

Human Rights Law and Protections Against Discrimination Based on Race and Color

This program series provides a historical context for race and color-based discrimination and how it has impacted the lives of New Yorkers, institutions, and the delivery of services and resources in New York City. The three session program educates students on their rights and protections against discrimination under the Human Rights Law. Students analyze concepts related to race and color, learn about efforts and resistance to combat racism, and find ways to become the voices for social and racial justice.

Students for Human Rights

This one-hour workshop informs students about the City’s Human Rights Law and protections against discrimination, harassment and bullying in relation to the protected classes under the law. Resources to combat discrimination, harassment and bullying are provided.